ocean_v1. An interactive media installation by Masayuki Akamatsu and Wolf Nkole Helzle. 2005/2008

International teamwork: The two media artists Masayuki Akamatsu (Japan) and Wolf Nkole Helzle (Germany) designed a new media artwork together. It deals with the recognition of our individuality in relation to humankind and interacts with the audience.

Ocean_v1 is shown on a flatscreen, connected with an face detection system, based on an apple or windows computer. From a database with over 15.000 human faces, which Helzle collected over the last years from around the world, a selection of similar faces is projected on to a flat surface at a speed of 60 faces per second. At this speed, it looks like only one single face is present, even
though it is being generated from many different ones. Several similarities can be found, such as the distance between the left and right eye or the distance between the nose and mouth... after a time, another selection is shown.
Furthermore the images are moved, scaled and rotated according to the audiences´ face movements. If the audience turns its head, the picture turns its head too. In addition, the speed can be altered and the image size can be scaled to eye- and head movements.

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